Jump into Fall Decorating with this Buffalo Plaid Wood Crate DIY
Heading into Labor Day, I am SO ready for Fall everything. Weather in Georgia says to think otherwise. Nevertheless, I’m going to start with the fall decor projects! First up, I’ll be showing you how to paint this buffalo plaid wood crate to use for decorating your fireplace mantel or to use as a table centerpiece, which is exactly how I’ll be using it.
Buffalo plaid is still all the rage this year, and I love finding new and unexpected ways to incorporate it into our home.
- Wood Crate from Michaels
- Grey Stain or Paint
- White Chalk Paint
- Black Chalk Paint
- Blue Painters Tape
- Foam Brush
How to paint Buffalo Plaid
1.) First, you’ll want to stain or paint the entire piece in grey. I chose to use Weathered Grey by Varathane. It’s the grey stain I use for all my wood signs in the shop and I am in love with it!
4.) Tape directly next to it (touching) to the left and right. Then pull up the middle piece.
5.) Continue doing this, using the tape as your guide for spacing along each side.
7.) Peel up the tape, and it should look like this now! At this step, the crate is looking a little fun and whimsical. You could totally stop here if you’re digging this look. Otherwise…let’s carry on!
8.) In the same fashion that we put the tape down on vertically, lets now do that horizontally. Don’t let the perfectionist get you on this one. Because of how the slats are on the side, I just picked a part in half and then matched it up on the ends.
9.) Then paint all those spots black.
11.) Time for more tape!! This time tape back over the existing grey spots vertically. Then on the sides add another round of tape horizontally to cover the grey and white – this creates the checkered look. And paint all those open spots white. Or if you’d like a little more variation, use a light grey like I did.
12.) Let that dry and peel it all up!
13.) If you’re imperfect (like I am!) you’ll have some spots where the paint bled. I solved that by just touching up the really bad parts with a tiny paint brush. For all other spots, I sanded them lightly and then gave the piece overall some light distressing to make it all blend!
I’ll be using mine to create this fall centerpiece! Find the tutorial HERE.
If you make this, I would LOVE to see how it turned out and how you use it, please share in the comments or tag us on Instagram!